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Prominent Tea Party Activist Angrily Resents US Constitution

A cringe-worthy segment on NPR this morning about the Teabaggers highlighted Liberty Belle (Keli Carender), a Seattle-based wingnut who gained notoriety for her childish theatrics at one of those infamous health care town halls over the summer.

Carender is at a microphone, holding up a $20 bill, challenging Democratic Congressman Norm Dicks of Washington to come get it.

“You come and take this $20 from me,” Carender said, “and take it as a down payment for the health care plan!”

Months later, that clip still makes Carender smile.

I tried to boil down in essence what makes me so angry about it,” Carender says. “And it was this idea that he and other people decide what the needs are in society. They get to decide. But in order to fund those things, they have to take from some people in order to give to the other people.”

On Carender’s blog, among the books she recommends (along with Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism) is the US Constitution. But it’s pretty clear that Carender’s never actually read the Constitution herself, because Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 clearly states,

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States.

Translated in Teabagger that means, “other people get to decide what the needs are in society and take your money to fund it.”

Why do Teabaggers hate the Constitution?

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